In an interview published by Variety on Thursday, Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, opened up about Trump’s relationship.
When asked about whether he still speaks with Trump, Brady told the magazine that he and Trump have not spoken in “years.”
“No … I haven’t talked to him in a lot of years.”
Brady has been rumored to be a Trump supporter, after a signed “Make America Great Again” hat was seen in his locker in 2015. In the past, Trump has called Brady “a friend,” and following the quarterback’s departure from the New England Patriots, Trump wished him well with the Bucs. Brady never endorsed Trump for President, citing as a reason that it is “totally different than the support of a friend.”
“This was 17 or 18 years ago … I was so young. I was able to play on a private green. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.”
During the interview, Brady also told Variety that his relationship with Trump was “mischaracterized a lot.”
“I think [the press]A lot of things were mischaracterized. And my personality isn’t ever one to insult anybody. There are many flaws in me. I’m not here to point out anyone else’s flaws. There are some things I do agree with. There are things that I don’t. There are some things that I can agree with my wife on. There are things that I don’t. I love her to death, but we don’t always see eye to eye … I don’t see eye to eye with anyone.
And I’m not responsible for what other people say. I’m really responsible for what I say. So, if people want to say things that I said or that I’m about, that’s up to them, and I’m not going to respond to all those things all the time either.”
When Brady and the Bucs visited Washington after their Super Bowl victory, 2021, Brady joked with President Biden about Trump. Brady said this:
“Not a lot of people think that we could have won and in fact, I think 40% of the people still don’t think we won,” Brady said, turning to Biden. “You understand that, Mr. President.”
Tom Brady jokes at White House: Many people didn’t believe the Buccaneers could win the Super Bowl — and 40% “still don’t think we won.”
Biden replied: “I understand that.” https://t.co/DP6Fshfaak pic.twitter.com/yoWvjMRzB9
— Axios (@axios) July 20, 2021
Brady said yes to the interviewer when asked if he would like to get back into politics after he retired (officially at this point).
“Probably not. I don’t think anyone’s fond of politics these days.”
As we previously reported, some reports claim that Brady might already have post-NFL plans–as a highly-paid announcer for Fox Sports. Brady had already retired earlier from the NFL in 2022 but decided quickly to come back for his 23rd year. The Buccaneers open their season against Dallas Cowboys.